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Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Various countries in the South Asian region are looking at significant losses du...

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

The World Bank Group has inked two agreements for around $40 million in financin...

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Technology

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Using a magic ratio for better, stronger and greener concrete

Monday, 29 September 2014

A small modification to the contents of cement mix could lower the carbon emissions of the construction sector and result in stronger, more durable co...

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Politics

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

I.D.B., E.U., Spain to support renewable and efficient energy in the Caribbean

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and the Kingdom of Spain have inked a joint declaration that reaffirms their collaboration in...

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Living Green

Is apartment living more eco-friendly than a house?

Is apartment living more eco-friendly than a house?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

For those that are looking to limit their personal impact on the environment, choosing the right home may be one of the hardest decisions they have to...

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Renewables

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Solar power could overtake all other sources of electricity by 2050, according to two reports released by the International Energy Agency. Based on th...

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Low-Carbon

FedEx Trade Networks brings down its carbon footprint with solar-capable building

FedEx Trade Networks brings down its carbon footprint with solar-capable building

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A new environmentally-friendly office and distribution facility in New York is helping FedEx Trade Networks bring down their carbon footprint. The bui...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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German-American renewable energy center to open in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The state seal of Pennsylvania. Image sourced from the state of Pennsylvania.

German businesses wanting to examine renewable energy market opportunities in the US and Canada will soon be given assistance through the GADORE (German American Dialog on Renewable Energy) Center USA, a pool office for small- and medium-sized German companies. GADORE Center will be opened on June 1 at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aside from providing basic needs such as office space, GADORE Center will also expose the German companies to consultants, service providers, and investors from the renewable energy sector.

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell presided over a “virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony” for the center that was held last Wednesday (May 6) during the WINDPOWER 2009 conference and exhibition in Chicago, Illinois.

GADORE Center will specifically aid German wind energy manufacturers in launching US and Canadian ventures. Other renewable energy sectors like biomass and solar will also be supported.

Germany’s largest federal state, North Rhine Westphalia, will be overseeing the center through its Ministry of Economic Affairs in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). DCED Deputy Secretary Wilfred Muskens led the push for the project. Pennsylvania has been working with North Rhine Westphalia since 2006.

GADORE Center will also partner with Chester County Economic Development Council’s Smart Energy Initiative.

"Our commitment to developing a green economy and more forms of clean, renewable energy continues with this important agreement. Pennsylvania is already home to some of the world's largest alternative energy corporations and the new portal will make it possible for the state to expand its reputation as the place for wind energy companies to do business," said Gov. Rendell.

"Governor Rendell's vision to make Pennsylvania a leader in alternative energy production is the main reason we are here today. GADORE Center USA is one important reason why Pennsylvania will be in the forefront for alternative energy for years to come," said Sec. Muskens.

Pennsylvania has an estimated 5,000 megawatts plus of wind energy capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. It currently has 361 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity online and 234 MW in testing. The state will be generating enough power for more than 150,000 homes as soon as all 595 MW of its projects are online. Its Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard targets that at least 18.5% of all energy sold at retail in the state by 2021 will come from renewable and alternative resources.

The US, with 25,000 MW of installed wind capacity, has recently surpassed Germany in the world in terms of wind power. US capacity has increased by 50% with 8,358 MW from 2007 to 2008.


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Jen Balboa


Sources:

1 http://www.prnewswire.com/
2 http://gadorecenter.com/

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